Look, I hate it when a Hollywood studio has a good year. Where’s the snark in that for me? So it greatly pains me to regurgitate the press release that Sony Pictures Entertainment had a humongous record-breaking year. With its 13th #1 release (The Pursuit of Happyness), the studio’s box office receipts for 2006 breaks the all-time motion picture industry U.S. box office record for a single year. SPE’s box office receipts for 2006 have passed $1.573 billion, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and vice chairman of SPE. In passing the industry record, which Sony set in 2002, the studio launched 13 films to opening weekends of more than $20 mil, another industry record smashing the old record of 8 films set in 2004 by Sony and Universal, and surpassed more than $3 billion in global ticket sales for the first time. Sony Pictures now holds the top two years in the all-time domestic box office record books. Sony’s 2006 slate, which consisted of 27 motion pictures, has been controlling over 18% of all tickets sold in the United States and Canada. SPE has seen four films open to more than $40 million in the US and Canada; ultimately, each exceeded more than $100 million in domestic box office – including Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Click, The DaVinci Code, and Casino Royale.
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